Comic Review: The Punisher Presents Barracuda

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Comic Review: The Punisher Presents Barracuda

The Punisher Presents Barracuda

The Punisher Presents Barracuda

O yeah the big bad Barracuda is back in Punisher MAX with his own miniseries. Enjoy this Marvel MAX title written by Garth Ennis (Red Team, Crossed) and illustrated by Goran Parlov (Fury MAX, Y The Last Man).

Barracuda is approached by Italian mafia boss, Chris Angelone, with a proposition. He needs Barracuda’s help to take out his competition ,Leopoldo Luna, in a war over cocaine prices but he wants his son who is a hemophiliac (may bleed out due to minor injuries) to kill him. He agrees to help but knowing Barracuda, it may not turn out the way Chris had hoped.

Anyone who has read Barracuda before will really enjoy this mini-series. Full of ridiculously funny humor and over the top violence. They even pay homage to the  TV series, The Soprano’s,  in the first issue and there is also a Christopher Walken type character. A definite must have for your Punisher collection.

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Comic Review: Preacher Volume 1 Gone To Texas

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Comic Review: Preacher Volume 1 Gone To Texas

Preacher Volume 1 Gone To Texas

Preacher Volume 1 Gone To Texas

I love a comic that is really f’d up and weird, but at the same time has a story that is deep, very complex and highly interesting. Preacher just happens to be such a comic. Who else but Garth Ennis (The Boys, Punisher:MAX) and Steve Dillon (Hellblazer, Judge Dredd) and where else but Vertigo of course!

Reverend Jesse Custer was a priest living in a small town full of hypocritical church goers. One Sunday during a heated sermon he was struck with the spirit of some heavenly being. Now filled with the power of this spirit he has one mission. Find god and make him pay for all the hell the people of this world have been put through.

This book has so much going for it. A sprawling story through the entirety of its run that goes to so many interesting locations. Main characters with so many flaws you find yourself yelling at the pages “why are you doing that”. With an array of supporting characters, you want to know everything about their lives. So many crazy things that you keep wondering how it’s possible to get weirder–but it does.

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Comic Review: The Pro

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Comic Review: The Pro

The Pro

The Pro

You know what you don’t see enough of in comics, super powered prostitutes. Image will take care of all your needs honey, with this title written by Garth Ennis (Punisher, The Boys) and illustrated by Amanda Conner (Vampirella, Power Girl).

Being a prostitute is not an easy job. You’re on your feet/back/knees all day, the money’s not great and the hours are horrible. That all changes for one lucky lady when she is given superpowers by a being known as The Viewer. Endowed with powers she is asked to join the League of Honor. Her new team mates are the Saint, the Knight & the Squire, the Lady, the Lime, and Speedo. Together they fight crime for all mankind.

Hilarious parody of the world of superhero’s, Garth is having some fun here. Artwork and conversations are crude and lowbrow, that’s definitely a good thing.

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Comic Review: The Shadow Volume 1 The Fire Of Creation

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Comic Review: The Shadow Volume 1 The Fire Of Creation

The Shadow Volume 1 The Fire Of Creation

The Shadow Volume 1 The Fire Of Creation

The classical pulp avenger known as The Shadow is back. This series from Dynamite Entertainment is written by Garth Ennis (Punisher MAX, Preacher) and illustrated by Aaron Campbell (Dark Shadows, Sherlock Holmes: Year One).

Set in 1938, The Shadow is the mortal enemy of all those who commit crime and perpetrate evil. He appears from out of nowhere to dole out deadly justice and leaves not a single soul alive. If The Shadow needs information he can place a hand on their corpse and take what he needs. Chasing a lead, The Shadow soon finds himself in Hong Kong in the hopes of unraveling a dastardly plot.

I’ve never read The Shadow before so I was pleasantly surprised to find out he is more than just a vigilante. There is a supernatural element that is presented and it’s hinted that an explanation will be forthcoming. Garth Ennis does a great job of modernizing The Shadow but keeping what people love from the original (so I’ve been told). With so many older pulp comics coming back The Shadow is a good place to start.

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Comic Review: Fury MAX My War Gone By Volume 1

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Comic Review: Fury MAX My War Gone By Volume 1

Fury MAX My War Gone By Volume 1

Fury MAX My War Gone By Volume 1

A series of tales throughout the decades of war and secret operations that Nick Fury has been involved in. A Marvel MAX series written by Garth Ennis (Preacher, Hitman) and illustrated by Goran Parlov.

Sitting in a room with a drink and cigar in one hand and microphone in the other, Fury begins to record the things he has done for his country. Starting in Vietnam 1954 he tales the tale of trying to keep the country in the hands of the French. A bloody battle that ultimately does not work in their favor. The second tale is that of Cuba in 1961 during the bay of pigs. Not only did he have a hand in training the soldiers, he also tried to assassinate Castro. A life of constant war is the only thing Colonel Nick Fury has known.

As with all MAX series, it’s full of violence, sex and bad language, it’s about time Nick Fury was done on this imprint. His life lends itself to that of horror and destruction. Goran’s artwork really shows the truth and brutality of war and the actions Nick is, at times, forced to take.A really amazing series that just wrapped up with issue 13 , it’s absolutely worth your time and money.

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Comic Review: Chronicles Of Wormwood Volume 1

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Comic Review: Chronicles Of Wormwood Volume 1

Chronicles Of Wormwood Volume 1

Chronicles Of Wormwood Volume 1

An Avatar story about the Anti-Christ and Jesus, trying to live their lives away from the grip of their fathers. Garth Ennis (The Boys, Preacher) and illustrator Jacen Burrows (Threshold, Crossed) show you two friends trying to avoid their destiny’s.

Danny Wormwood is a successful cable TV executive, who’s life is perfect. He spends his time with his two best friends and a girlfriend who loves him. A couple things, his one friend Jimmy happens to be a talking rabbit. His other friend happens to be the reincarnation of Jesus. He is mildly retarded due to a police brutality incident. Also Danny is the Anti-Christ and his father wants him to start Armageddon. Other than that a pretty normal guy.

Hilariously funny and brutal. If you like comics infused with religion, this one takes you to some pretty interesting places. Best part, their depiction of the pope. He may be different than you remember him.

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Comic Review: Crossed Volume 1

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Comic Review: Crossed Volume 1

 

Crossed Volume 1

Crossed Volume 1

Bloody, vile, disgusting, violent, shocking, brutal, unforgiving and grotesque. If you don’t like this combination of words than Garth Ennis’s (Hitman, Fury:MAX) Crossed from Avatar is not the comic for you.

The world changed in the blink of an eye. People started to change and when they became infected, they turned crossed. People became unstoppable machines who’s sole purpose was to kill and rape at every waking moment. A group of people have banned together who just happened to be near each other when the world turned. There is no resistance or plan to take back the world, there is only survival.

You are either going to love this comic (hopefully not in some sexual way) or you will hate it. Behind all the violence there is a story. It’s about people, who they become and what they do when the worst is happening. Jacen Burrows (Wormwood, Scars) artwork shows the horrors and fear of the Crossed world. If you like this series, the current incarnation is a bi-monthly series called Crossed:Badlands which starts a new story every 3-5 issues. Also there is a free web-comic series called Crossed:Wish You Were Here at http://www.crossedcomic.com/.

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Comic Review: Stitched Volume 1

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Comic Review: Stitched Volume 1

Stitched Volume 1

Sitched Volume 1

A team of American and British soldiers fight an enemy that can’t be rationalized in Afghanistan.  An Avatar title written by Garth Ennis (Preacher, The Boys) and illustrated by Mike Wolfer (Widow X, Gravel).

Deep in the mountains of Afghanistan a group of soldiers run into an enemy of unimaginable terror. Dressed in rags, eyes/ears/mouth stitched up and only moving to the sound of a tin can clinking. They can’t be killed or stopped. The farther they go into enemy territory, the closer they get to the truth about the Stitched.

An awesome mix of action and horror. As you read all you want to know is how did these beings come into existence. You definitely feel a sense of dread and apprehension. If you enjoy this volume check out the next two as they travel to different destinations around the world.

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Comic Review: The Boys Volume 1 The Name Of The Game

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Comic Review: The Boys, Volume 1: The Name Of The Game

The Boys Volume 1 The Name Of The Game

The Boys Volume 1 The Name Of The Game

Imagine a world full of superheroes except they’re all assholes who love sex, drugs and no not music just more sex and drugs. A comic book so apparently grotesque and offensive that Wildstorm cancelled after 6 issues. Picked up by Dynamite Entertainment what author could be responsible for such a controversial comic? Why Garth Ennis (Preacher, Hitman) of course accompanied by artist Darick Robertson (Transmetropolitan, Conan The Barbarian).

Wee Hughie (based on Simon Pegg) was just a normal bloke until he met A-Train, a superhero who is part of The Seven. With his life in disarray Billy Butcher is there to help pick up the pieces. He brings Hughie into the fold of The Boys, a CIA funded group whose sole purpose is to monitor superheroes and keep them in check.  Sometimes it’s a stern talking to but a punch or crowbar to the face works best.

If you are looking for a world full of sick and twisted heroes look no further. You’ll be laughing as much as you’ll be cringing and thinking to yourself how is this happening and why!

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Comic Review: The Punisher Welcome Back Frank

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Comic Review: The Punisher Welcome Back Frank

The Punisher Welcome Back Frank

The Punisher Welcome Back Frank

The Punisher 2004 movie was based around this comic and of course it’s hard to capture everything from the book. Especially with Garth Ennis (Preacher, The Boys) writing and Steve Dillon(Thunderbolts, Wolverine:Origins) doing the illustrations for this Marvel title.

The punisher has been gone from New York for quite a while and it’s time to let the people know he’s back in town. A good place to start is taking out the criminal family of Ma Gnucci. Frank has more than enough to contend with the police, daredevil and the Russian on his case. To top it off a couple people are copying The Punisher and killing in the name of justice. It will only be awhile before everything starts to close in on The Punisher.

So many different things going on in this story. The duo of Ennis and Dillon help showcase each others talents once again. It really is quite a hefty read but well worth it. If you haven’t read any Punisher before this is a good jumping on point for new readers.

 

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